Samsung unveils Terrace weatherproof 4K QLED TV for outdoor viewing

Outside TV viewing come rain or shine

by Andy Bassett

Samsung has added to its 2020 Lifestyle range of TV models with the weatherproof Terrace 4K QLED TV, designed for outdoor viewing.

The world’s biggest TV seller is keen to move its TVs beyond just the traditional family viewing room and has now released the Terrace, a super bright, weather resistant 4K QLED TV developed for outdoor viewing. Bringing the full indoor audio effect outside, the TV is accompanied by an optional, matching Terrace soundbar.

Announced initially for the US and Canada, the Terrace has also been confirmed for Germany, Australia and New Zealand with “other regions” promised for later in the year, though whether this includes the UK is not clear.

Available in 55-, 65- and 75- inch screen sizes, the image quality is assured with the inclusion of Samsung’s Quantum Processor 4K. To ensure picture visibility on sunny days, the Terrace has an anti-reflective coating and a brightness of 2000 nits. And Motion Rate 240 offers a 120Hz refresh rate to reproduce smooth video for sports events and other fast paced content.

Probably uppermost in most people’s minds will be how the Terrace fares against the elements. The included IP55 level of protection guards against both dust and water ingress which should be enough to safeguard against light wind and rain. Whether that’s enough to ensure complete protection against a wet weekend in Barnsley is uncertain but it should be noted that most of Samsung’s promotional images do include a degree of overhead shielding.

At a slim 59.8mm, all that's required is a mounting surface and a power outlet - there’s no stand mounted option. 

If the included 20W speakers are not enough for your outdoor environment, the Terrace soundbar, which also boasts IP55 water and dust resistance, can be connected via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to boost the audio experience.

The Terrace TV offers a full smart TV experience since it runs Samsung’s own tried and tested Tizen OS and thus includes the Bixby and Alexa built-in smart assistants, with Google Assistant support coming soon. There’s also support for a range of popular streaming apps and services, including Apple TV, iTunes, Apple Music, and AirPlay 2 support.

The Terrace joins Samsung’s other Lifestyle TVs which includes the art gallery inspired The Frame, the vertical Sero and the aesthetic focussed Serif models.  

Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, said, “Today, new lifestyle habits and trends are evolving faster than ever before. Consumers are using screens to work from home, exercise using online platform, stay in touch with loved ones, and engage with many other activities. Screens should also be evolving in line with these lifestyle changes.” He further added, “With the introduction of The Terrace, we are thrilled to transcend the connected living room experience to the outdoors by delivering on engineering feats and content experiences that only Samsung can achieve.

Samsung also plans on making a professional model available in the summer, designed for businesses.

The 55-inch model will cost $3,455, the 65-inch edition is $4,999 and the 75-inch set $6,499. The matching Terrace soundbar is available for $1,199. UK pricing and availability has not been confirmed. 

The notion of an outdoor movie or live sports to accompany a garden barbeque or party is appealing but it does raise questions about noise pollution and even security when it’s unattended during the night. Let others know what you think of Samsung’s outdoor Terrace TV. 

Source: Press Release
Image Source: Samsung

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